What is a Balloon Payment on a Car Loan?

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The car loan industry has its fair share of jargon, and as a prospective buyer, it’s important to understand the lingo. “Balloon payment” is one of the most common terms you’ll encounter when shopping for loans, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire article to it.

Read on to find out more about the definition of a balloon payment on a car loan, what to expect and how to get the best deals on vehicle finance.

What is a balloon payment on a car loan?

The concept of a balloon payment on a car is relatively simple. It’s a final instalment, paid to the lender in a lump sum at the end of your loan. The balloon payment is usually larger than other previous payments and is designed to ensure the lender isn’t out of pocket.

Balloon payment car loans are offered on two types of finance agreements – Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) and Lease Purchase. We take a closer look at each below:

PCP balloon payment

PCP loans are one of the most popular ways for Brits to get behind the wheel of a new car. Most contracts span for three to five years and require monthly payments. At the end of the contract, you’re offered the option of making a final balloon payment to purchase the car outright. Also called an Optional Final Payment, this final instalment gives you full ownership of the car.

How a PCP balloon payment works

  • At the beginning of your loan, the lender calculates the balloon payment based on the Guaranteed Future Value (GFV). This is the predicted resale value of the car at the end of the agreement. The balloon payment is designed to cover the remaining value of the GFV.
  • The GFV doesn’t change over the life of your contract, regardless of whether the value of the car fluctuates.
  • After making your final balloon payment, you take legal ownership of the car.  

Think a PCP loan could be the right solution for you? Fast and easy to use, our car loan approval calculator is a great way to get the ball rolling and find out how far your budget can take you.

Lease Purchase (LP) balloon payment

LP agreements give you the option to pay a percentage of your loan at the end of the contract. This figure is called the balloon payment and unlike PCP loans, it’s not optional. Over the lifetime of the agreement, you’ll need to set aside cash to pay off the balloon payment. Once the balloon payment has been made, you take on full ownership of the vehicle.

How an LP balloon payment works

  • At the start of the contract, you and the lender agree on a set amount to defer. For example, a car may cost £16,000 and you choose to defer £4000.
  • The remaining £12,000 is paid over the next four years, in monthly payments.
  • After making your final monthly instalment, you top up your balance with the balloon payment of £4000. This gives you legal ownership of the vehicle.

The benefits of a balloon payment on a car

Lower monthly repayments

Opting to make a balloon payment at the end of your contract is a great way to unlock lower monthly repayments. You’re essentially deferring a percentage of the total cost until the end of your finance agreement. This brings down your monthly repayments and can make it easier to incorporate a car loan into your budget.

Stretch your budget further

 For many motorists, balloon payments are a great way to stretch the budget further. Instead of settling for a less-than-ideal vehicle, a balloon payment allows you to defer part of the cost and secure the keys to your dream car. With a responsible attitude towards finance, there’s plenty of time to save for your balloon payment.

Do all car loan contracts include a balloon payment?

No, not all contracts include a balloon payment. Options like Hire Purchase (HP) agreements incorporate the total cost into your monthly repayments. This means there’s no need to make a balloon payment at the end of your contract.

Can I refinance a balloon payment car?

We get it. Things come up and despite the best intentions, it’s not always possible to cover your balloon payment at the end of your contract. If you find yourself in this situation, it is possible to refinance a balloon payment car. Agreements usually take on a Hire Purchase model and spread the cost of your balloon payment across several months or years. At the end of the contract, you become the legal owner of the vehicle.

It’s worth noting that before opting to refinance a balloon payment, you should consider the current value of the vehicle compared to the cost you’ll have to absorb to keep it. If the vehicle is worth less than the balloon payment, it’s generally best to return it and purchase a similar second-hand car for less. Similarly, if the car is worth more than the balloon payment, it’s worth refinancing and committing to full ownership.

If you think refinancing your balloon payment could be a good option, the first step is to reach out to your lender. It’s also worth getting in touch with our team to discuss refinance options. Our panel includes plenty of lenders willing to offer balloon payment finance plans designed to help you stay behind the wheel.

Find out more about balloon payments

Want to know more about balloon payment car instalments and the different types of loans available to you? Send us an email or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to chat to an experienced team member. We’re here to help, so don’t hold back when it comes to questions and queries.

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Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

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8 Benefits of Getting an Electric Car on Finance

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More and more people are choosing an electric car on finance. With good reason too. The choice combines the benefits of electric cars on their own with the flexibility and convenience of ever-popular car finance.

In this post, we’ll dig a little deeper into the trend with 8 benefits of buying an electric car on finance.

1.   Fuel costs

Firstly, there are the benefits of electric cars compared to getting a petrol or diesel vehicle on finance. Now more than ever, people are looking to get away from the unpredictable (and generally sky-high) fuel prices. Electric vehicles are the best alternative.

According to EDF Energy, it costs around £7 for 100 miles of range from a rapid charge point. Even in a relatively efficient 50mpg car, that would require around 9 litres of fuel – costing at least £14 with today’s fuel prices.

2.   Running costs

When you choose an electric car on finance, you also benefit from lower running costs. Aside from fuel, electric cars require less maintenance than those with internal combustion engines because they have fewer moving parts. At present, fully electric vehicles are also completely exempt from road tax. Not to mention the money you’ll save on inner-city emissions charges, with lots of cities looking to follow suit after London.

3.   Spread the cost

Now onto the benefits of an electric car on finance specifically. Despite the cost advantages above, there’s no denying that electric vehicles come at a premium. At the moment, that’s because they’re produced in smaller numbers and use newer technology. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until they become more commonplace to make the switch.

Car finance allows you to spread the cost of your electric car over two, three, four or even more years. Over 48 monthly payments, a £3,000 difference between a petrol and electric car becomes just over £60 a month, plus a little interest depending on the rate you’re offered.

4.   Get the latest model

When electric cars were in their adolescence, range was one of the biggest stumbling blocks. Drivers were put off by cars that could only achieve 100 miles or so before they needed charging. Now, those worries have been swept aside with a standard electric car easily achieving upwards of 200 miles from a single charge.

That said, if you want the widest range, you’re best going for a newer model. Without car finance, you may have to settle for an older model and frequent recharging. By opting for an electric car on finance, you can enjoy the freedom of better range – not to mention all the other state-of-the-art features you’ll get with a newer model.

5.   And carry on doing so

Enjoyed driving one of the latest electric cars? You can continue to do so with the right car finance on your side. Personal contract purchase (PCP) deals, for example, come with an optional balloon payment at the end of your deal. In simple terms, you make monthly payments towards the cost of the car, then choose whether you want to make one final, bigger payment to own it outright when your term ends.

If you want to stay up to date and swap your electric car for a newer model, you can do exactly that. Give the car back, sidestep the balloon payment, then take your pick from whatever the car world has to offer in a few years’ time. With the current pace of electric vehicle developments, there could be some pretty impressive cars to choose from.

6.   Stay ahead of the curve

Because finance makes it easier to switch to an electric car, it allows you to do so right now. That means you won’t spend the next three, four, five or even more years wanting to make the switch – but putting it off.

Here’s why that’s such a boon – the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in 2030. The closer we get to that date, the more demand there is for electric cars and the infrastructure that supports them. We’re talking about home chargers, above all else.

By getting an electric car on finance, you can make the switch before most other drivers. You can get to grips with driving an electric car, kit out your home with a nice charger and then sit back while everyone rushes around in a few years’ time.

7.   Don’t forget the environment

Have we really listed six points before getting to the environment? Apparently so. Because there’s no combustion to generate power, electric cars don’t emit harmful gases as they drive around. That’s not to say they’re completely eco-friendly at present.

According to the UK Government’s energy brief, just over 40% of electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels. That means that electricity and electric cars still impact the environment to some extent. However, it’s undeniably far less than the impact of petrol and diesel cars. As time goes on, that 40% share will only decrease, making electric cars even better for the environment.

8.   Improve your credit score

Some people looking for an electric car on finance worry that their credit score isn’t up to scratch. Over time, that can also affect applications for loans, mortgages and even tenancy agreements. Thankfully, car finance is one of the areas where there’s a bit more leeway.

It’s absolutely possible to find car finance for poor credit. n doing so, as long as you keep up with repayments, you may also improve your credit score over time. That means your electric car on finance could well be the reason you get accepted for tenancies, mortgages or loan applications in the future.

Start your electric car journey today

If you want to make the switch to electric without the big upfront costs, My Car Credit can help. Using our large network of trusted lenders, we aim to find a deal that’s great for all kinds of drivers. Contact us today on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk if you have any more questions about getting an electric car on finance.

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Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

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What’s the Cheapest Way to Finance a Car?

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Car finance is an accessible way to purchase a vehicle. Whether you’re after a new or nearly new vehicle, there are various different kinds of car finance that can help you drive off into the sunset with minimal stress. In this post, we’ll explore them in a little more detail to determine the cheapest way to finance a car.

Financing a car – the cheapest options

Purchasing the vehicle itself is likely to be the steepest cost, but you should also consider other costs like running and maintenance fees, as well as any interest rates or other costs you may be required to pay. Here are the basics on each method of financing a car.

Cash

The cheapest way to finance a car is with one up-front payment. As a cash buyer, you’re able to fund the entire cost of the purchase in full, meaning that you’ll own the vehicle outright. Being a cash buyer means you’re invulnerable to any interest rates, monthly loan repayments, or having to repay more on a finance agreement than the car is worth. You can also sell the car on at any time.

However, you do have to be able to fork out what the car is worth in one go – which is a lot more than most individuals can afford.

Personal loans

Personal loan rates are nearing an all-time low, and are therefore the next cheapest way to finance a car after cash purchases. With personal loans – or unsecured loans – you’ll borrow a fixed sum which you’ll repay over a pre-determined amount of time (usually one to seven years), and will also pay interest at the same time.

If you have a good credit score, personal loans can be secured with relative ease, and by shopping around and comparing the APR, you can secure a competitive rate. You’ll be the legal owner of the vehicle, so can sell it on whenever you want, but monthly repayments of a personal loan can be higher than with alternative car finance.

Finding the cheapest car finance

If neither of the above are viable options for you, there are alternative ways to get a car finance quote and secure a deal that suits you. Be aware that you will likely receive better deals if you have a good credit score, but many car finance providers will still accept you if your score is less than ideal.

Hire purchase (HP)

If you’re struggling to get a cheap personal loan, hire purchase may be for you. You won’t own the vehicle until you’ve made the final repayment – the car is used as an asset against the loan. As such, if you fail to make your repayments, the lender has the right to repossess the vehicle.

You’ll typically make a deposit of usually around 10% (although there are no-deposit options), and from then on, you’ll have a series of pre-determined monthly repayments. If you want to own the car at the end of the term, you can opt to pay a final payment in order to do so. Repayment terms are flexible, you’ll often be offered competitive fixed interest rates, there aren’t usually any mileage caps, and HP is easier to be approved for than other car finance.

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

PCP is another car finance option, but if you’re hunting for the cheapest way to finance a car, PCP might not suit. But if you’re a fan of chopping and changing vehicles, PCP is ideal.

PCP finance deals often have low deposits as well as flexible repayment terms with low monthly repayments. You can choose to own the car at the end of the finance term, in which case you’ll make one final balloon payment, or can hand the car back to the dealer.

Bear in mind that, although the monthly repayments for PCP can be lower than HP, you’ll often end up paying more overall. If you exceed a mileage cap or cause wear and tear, you’ll also have to cough up.

Personal contract hire (PCH)

PCH is a way of leasing the vehicle – it’s essentially a long-term rental. Servicing and maintenance fees are included, and there’s a mileage cap as well as an initial deposit. As such, PCH can work out cheaper overall than PCP, but it will usually cost more per month.

With PCH, you hand the car back to the dealer at the end of your finance term. Your repayments are fixed, but payment terms are flexible, and you can generally change providers.

Find cheap car finance that works for you

Securing affordable car finance can feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. My Car Credit have hundreds of helpful blogs and articles for you to browse through. We also have a large network of trusted lenders to help you find the cheapest way to finance a car for your requirements. Contact us on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk to get the ball rolling.

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  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
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  • You have a stable employment history
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X monthly repayments of
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Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Can I Give My Car Back to the Finance Company?

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We get it, things change. Whether your car no longer suits your lifestyle or you’re struggling to stay on top of monthly payments, there are many different reasons why you might be asking “can I give my car back to the finance company?” The answer will depend on the type of contract you’ve taken out, as well as other factors like how much of your loan has been paid off.

Below, we take a closer look at this scenario and answer all your questions about whether you can give your car back to the finance company.

Common scenarios where motorists return cars

Life doesn’t always work out how we plan it. Whether it’s finances or personal circumstances, things can change at the drop of a hat. With car finance deals lasting several years, those changes may well impact your affordability or the suitability of your car.

For one, your financial circumstances may have changed, and you can no longer commit to monthly repayments on your vehicle. This may happen for all kinds of reasons, from switching jobs or changing careers to absorbing additional expenses like purchasing a house or welcoming a baby to the family.

Alternatively, your personal circumstances might have changed, and your current vehicle no longer suits your lifestyle. For example, you may have purchased a compact Fiat 500 on a three-year PCP loan but find that two years later, it’s far too small to accommodate your new mountain biking hobby or pet dog. 

What to do when car finance isn’t working out

If finances are the reason you want to cancel your car loan contract, the first step is to talk to your finance provider. It’s best to do this as soon as possible and honesty is always the best policy. Defaulting on your payments could not only incur extra charges but leave a black mark on your credit score, which could affect your eligibility to take out loans in the future.

Many lenders are happy to chat about your options and come up with a solution, especially if your financial difficulties are temporary. This could include deferring payments for a few months or extending the period of the loan to bring down your monthly repayments. Contrary to popular belief, most lenders don’t want to squeeze you dry and are keen to help you stay in the driver’s seat as long as possible, if it’s what you want.

If you can’t find a solution or you simply want to hand back the car, you’ll need to consider what type of finance contract you have. Read on for a closer look at the different types of car finance available in the UK and which ones offer the option of returning the vehicle.

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)

Can I give my car back to the finance company with a PCP loan? If you financed your car with a Personal Contract Purchase loan and you’ve already paid off at least 50% of the amount owing, you can hand it back to the lender. Keep in mind that this 50% figure also includes fees and interest. This option is known as voluntary termination and will be written into your PCP contract.

If you haven’t paid off 50% of the loan, you’ll need to top up the balance before you have the option to return the vehicle. Unfortunately, if you’ve paid off more than 50% of the loan you won’t receive a refund. Ideally, you should try to return your car as close to the 50% mark as possible to avoid unnecessary payments. Of course, damage that exceeds everyday wear and tear can result in additional charges. You’ll also need to meet any mileage terms and conditions you agreed to.

Hire Purchase (HP)

Hire Purchase contracts are very similar to PCP loans and usually make it relatively easy to return the vehicle, so long as you’ve paid at least 50% of the amount owing. Under UK law, HP contracts are also eligible for voluntary termination which keeps your options open. It’s part of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, Section 99, which clearly states:

“At any time before the final payment by the debtor under a regulated hire-purchase or regulated conditional sale agreement falls due, the debtor shall be entitled to terminate the agreement by giving notice to any person entitled or authorised to receive the sums payable under the agreement.”

While it’s likely voluntary termination will appear on your credit history, it won’t affect your score as long as you meet the 50% repayment requirement and don’t default on any additional fees or charges.

Want to know more? Don’t miss our complete guide to voluntary termination for car finance where we dive into this option in more detail.

Personal Contract Hire (PCH)

If you’ve purchased a car on a PCH loan the process of returning the vehicle can be a little more complicated. Most lenders will ask you to pay off the remaining balance in full, which can make for an expensive lump sum. So, can I give my car back to the finance company with a PCH loan? Yes, however, you may be in for some hefty fees. It’s best to contact your finance company directly and discuss solutions like deferring payments or extending the period of the loan before opting to return the vehicle.

Need to return your car?

Whether you want to know more about solutions like deferring your payments or have made up your mind and are ready to get the ball rolling on cancelling your car loan contract ASAP, My Car Credit is here to help. If you have a finance deal with us, you can call us on 01246 458 810 or email enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk for any queries.

Or, perhaps you’re in the process of researching car loans and simply want to know more about your options when it comes to returning financed cars. If this is the case, our car loan affordability calculator is a great resource to help you decide what you can afford.

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  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
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  • You may have had frequent changes in address
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£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Advantages and Disadvantages of PCP Car Finance

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Roughly nine in 10 of all new cars sold in the UK are purchased using finance, with personal contract purchase (PCP) loans accounting for a significant portion of sales, according to the latest data from the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA). With attractive interest rates, long repayment terms and the opportunity to get behind the wheel of your dream car faster, it’s no surprise PCP is one of the most popular car finance options in the UK.

Of course, it’s important to factor in your unique situation and develop an in-depth understanding of PCP loans before you commit. This guide is designed to help you understand all the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance. Armed with knowledge, you’ll be able to make an informed and educated decision about whether a PCP loan is right for you.

What is a PCP loan?

Before we get stuck into the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance, let’s take a moment to define what personal contract purchase means. The term describes a type of loan that sees you put down an initial deposit on a car (although there are no-deposit options), and then continue to make repayments.

It builds on the concept of hire purchase agreements and includes the option to purchase the car outright at the end of the loan. The main difference is that the final resale value of the vehicle is calculated at the beginning of the loan. This figure is known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV) and is assessed using several factors, including the age of the car at the end of the loan, and expected mileage.

Most PCP loans start with a deposit of around 10% though this can vary depending on the lender, your credit rating and the unique terms and conditions of your contract. After making an initial deposit you’ll continue to pay monthly instalments plus interest over the lifetime of the loan. Most PCP loans span for two to four years – though again, this can vary.

When your loan ends and all instalments have been paid, you have the option to purchase the vehicle outright by making a balloon payment. The value of the balloon payment is calculated using the GMFV agreed on at the beginning of the loan. Alternatively, you can choose to return the car and start another PCP loan, which gets you behind the wheel of a new model. If the vehicle is worth less than the GMFV, you will need to pay the difference when returning the car.

Now you know more about the specifics of personal contract purchase, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance.

Advantages of PCP car finance:

  • Upgrade to a new car frequently

PCP loans usually span for two to four years and offer the option to roll on to a new contract after the final instalment has been made. Many motorists choose this option as it’s an easy and affordable way to regularly upgrade your car.

  • Low fixed monthly payments

The fixed monthly payments of PCP loans are generally lower than hire purchase (HP) contracts. This makes PCP loans an attractive option if you’re on a strict monthly budget.

  • Affordable deposits

As well as low fixed monthly payments, PCP loans require small deposits, often as low as 10%. Our car loan affordability calculator makes it easy to get an idea of how far your deposit will go.

  • Flexible options

Flexibility is one of the biggest advantages of PCP loans. Depending on the GMFV agreed on at the start of your loan, you can choose to roll over to a new PCP loan, make a balloon payment to own the car outright or simply hand back the keys with no more to pay. If you love the idea of flexibility and aren’t sure if you want to keep the car or return it at the end of the contract, PCP loans are a great option.

  • Finance secured against the car

Unlike other finance options, PCP loans are secured against the value of the car. This means you don’t have to rely on other assets like a home or cash investments.

  • Stretch your budget

With deposits as low as 10% and affordable monthly repayments, PCP loans stretch your budget much further than if you were to purchase a car with cash alone. This allows you to expand your search and consider cars that are newer or higher spec. In the long run, this can unlock big savings. For example, a PCP loan may mean you can afford a car with better mileage, which will significantly reduce your petrol expenses. Similarly, upgrading to a newer car with a PCP loan can slash maintenance and servicing costs.

Disadvantages of PCP car finance:

  • Capped mileage

Most PCP loans feature mileage caps written into the contract. This is because mileage can have a big impact on the value of a car. If you exceed the mileage cap used to calculate the GMFV at the start of your loan you could face extra charges. These may be applied whether you choose to return the car or purchase it via a balloon payment. Excess mileage penalties can be expensive and add a significant percentage to the total cost of your loan. To avoid nasty surprises at the end of your loan, it’s important to be realistic about your expected mileage when calculating GMFV.

  • Limits on wear and tear

Normal wear and tear is fine but if you plan to put your car through its paces on 4WD tracks or transport muddy pets on a regular basis, PCP loans can be a little restricting. Any damage that exceeds normal wear and tear can also see charges added to your final instalment or balloon payment.

Find out more about PCP car finance

Considering PCP car finance for your next ride? Our experienced team is always available to talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance. Get in touch by email or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more.

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Can You Pay Monthly for a Used Car?

Woman using calculator

Opting for monthly payments is one of the smartest decisions you can make when purchasing a used car. Many Brits think payment plans are just for new vehicles and as a result, don’t ask “can you pay monthly for a used car?” when shopping for a second-hand ride. This is a big faux pas as car finance offers some fantastic benefits; when done right.

Want to know more? Read on as we answer all your questions about can you pay monthly for a used car.

Scenarios where used car finance steps up

Below, we explore some scenarios where used car finance can step up as a great purchasing option:

You want to stretch your budget

With the latest research from Auto Trader revealing the average cost of purchasing a used car in the UK is whopping £18,000, even second-hand vehicles are out of reach for many Brits. If you think this sounds high, you’re probably not alone. Over the past year, the typical cost of a pre-owned vehicle has increased by around £4,000. Large, family-friendly models are the most coveted, though the drastic price increase of almost 32% has hit all vehicle types.

If you’ve got a healthy deposit but can’t afford to pay the full amount in cash, car finance can help stretch your budget. It’s not about biting off more than you can chew and splurging on a vehicle you can’t afford. Instead, car finance can be a clever alternative to get behind the wheel of a used car within your budget, only faster.

Crunching the numbers is important, so take the time to factor in variables such as your budget, cash deposit, preferred loan term and your credit score, which can affect the interest rates you’re eligible for. Our cost of car finance calculator is a great place to start. 

You want to boost your credit score

Committing to monthly payment plans, such as a car finance loan, can be a great way to boost your credit score. If a big financial move like applying for a mortgage or increasing your credit card limit is on the horizon, car finance can be a great way to improve your reputation as a borrower and prove to lenders that you’re a responsible applicant.

You want to be a competitive buyer

Factors like the global semiconductor chip storage, supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and conflict between Russia and Ukraine have hit the used car market hard. According to Richard Walker from Auto Trader, “the speed in which used cars are selling has also accelerated significantly, with the average car taking 11 days fewer to leave forecourts in February 2022 when compared to the same period last year.”

Demand for used cars is high which means you’ll likely face competition from other buyers. Car finance can help you make a realistic offer on a used car and give dealers the peace of mind that payment is guaranteed.

Understanding loan types for used cars

As a used car buyer, you enjoy the same auto loan options available with new models. These include:

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

PCP loans are one of the most popular ways to pay for used cars. Offered by car dealerships and independent lenders, they allow you to spread out payments for your vehicle over three to five years. You may need to make a cash deposit but options are available without.

Payments are calculated using the price of the car, the interest rate (APR) of your loan and most importantly, the expected depreciation rate of the vehicle. Your lender will calculate a guaranteed minimum future value (GMFV) and at the end of the loan, you’ll have the option to make a ‘balloon payment’ equal to the GMFV to keep the car. Alternatively, you can use the GMFV to fund a new PCP agreement.

Personal contract hire (PCH)

PCH loans are another great way to get into the driver’s seat of a used car faster. Also known as car leasing, you pay a cash deposit, then continue to make monthly payments for the duration of the lease term. Most agreements span for between two and five years, with longer terms translating to lower monthly instalments. At the end of the contract, you’ll give the car back to the dealer.

Hire purchase (HP)

As the name suggests, HP loans see you ‘hire’ a vehicle for a fixed period, usually between one to five years. You may need to make a cash deposit, but no-deposit options are available, then continue to make monthly instalments over the course of the loan. At the end of a HP plan you’ll have the option to take ownership of the car by paying a transfer fee.

Personal loan

If you want to own your car outright, a personal loan can be a good way to boost your budget. A lender will agree to a fixed sum, which you’ll use to purchase a used car. You’ll then repay the loan in monthly instalments, usually spread out over a year or more. Generally, the higher your personal loan, the lower your APR will be.

Can you pay monthly for a used car?

The final verdict on whether you can pay monthly for a used car? Absolutely. Auto finance can be a terrific way to pay for a used car, with different benefits appealing to different buyers.  

Ready to get behind the wheel of your dream used car? Whatever your budget or credit rating, we’re here to help. With access to one of the biggest panels of lenders in the UK, we have the connections to secure you the best possible deals on finance for used vehicles.

You can calculate car finance and apply without impacting your credit score. Alternatively, get in touch by email or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more about how can you pay monthly for a used car.

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Who is the Legal Owner of a Car on Finance?

happy man who has become legal owner of car

If you’re thinking about purchasing a car through a finance option, you’re not alone. Around nine out of 10 of the new cars sold in the UK are bought by people who use a finance option. However, there are still some grey areas when it comes to ownership.

More specifically, who is the legal owner of a car on finance? Is it the driver or the dealership? Read on as we provide the answers.

Who is the legal owner of a car on finance?

In truth, the answer is neither you nor the dealership. It’s the lender that provides the money. The person who drives the vehicle and maintains it – AKA you – is known as the Registered Keeper in legal parlance. In other words, you will make the repayments and deal with the day-to-day running of the car, but your name won’t be on the V5.

Is there any difference between the finance options?

Yes, there are, but only when the loan finishes. Both PCP and HP are agreements that require repaying before the V5 is transferred to you. However, something to keep in mind is the final payment regarding PCP. Unless you pay off the balloon repayment, you will not own the vehicle. Where you don’t have the cash or savings, you may have the option of taking out balloon payment finance instead. With Hire Purchase, the last instalment of your loan will clear the balance and make you the legal owner.

Do I have other options?

One thing you can do if you want to be declared the legal owner is to use a bank loan. That way, you pay back the money to the bank, and the vehicle is all yours from the outset. Of course, taking out an unsecured bank loan may not be an option for your circumstances. In addition, you may not find the terms competitive.

Find the right finance deal

At My Car Credit, we help drivers up and down the UK find the finance they need to upgrade their car – and eventually own it outright if preferred. It doesn’t matter whether your budget is small or if you don’t think you qualify, we try to accommodate everyone, including those looking for car finance with poor credit.

To find out more, please contact us on 01246 458 810 to speak to an advisor.

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

No Deposit Car Finance – How Does it Work?

New car bought with no deposit car finance

You’ve fallen in love with the perfect dream car, it’s ready to go and you’re raring to drive it straight off the forecourt. Only one problem remains – paying for your new wheels.

Car finance offers the perfect solution for buying the car of your dreams without needing to use your savings and pay in one go. You get the option to pay your car off in manageable monthly payments, over a period of your choice.

However, some people do worry about needing to find a deposit. This is typically a large chunk of the overall payment and if you do not have a car to trade in, it can be unaffordable for some.

Luckily, you can now get car finance without having to pay an initial deposit. Read on to discover how this works and whether you could get no deposit car finance.

The types of car financing

Car financing is a very common method used when buying a car. For the majority of us out there, paying for a car outright is unrealistic, especially if you’re looking to get a new vehicle. Car financing gives you the option to pay off the cost of your car monthly, rather than paying the cost in one go. There are a few different types of car financing available that you can choose from, with the main two being hire purchase and personal contract purchase:

Hire purchase (HP)

Hire purchase is one of the most popular car financing methods. You can either set up an HP deal with your car dealer directly or with a third party broker or lender. Generally, you may get a better deal with an external company than the car dealership so it’s good practice to shop around.

With many car finance options, a deposit of around 10% of the purchase price is required to secure the financing – we’ll get to the zero deposit options later in the article.

HP contracts can last anywhere between two and five years, with monthly payments, plus interest, paying off the value of the car. Once your contract is up and you have completed all your payments, the car is yours. You may have to pay a final payment that is higher than your monthly cost to secure the vehicle, but this will be agreed when buying the car so there will be no hidden surprises.

So, once your contract has come to an end and all payments have been made, you are then the owner of the car and can do with it whatever you please.

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

A personal contract purchase (PCP) is similar to a hire purchase in many ways. The car is paid off in monthly installments rather than one lump sum. You have the option of paying a deposit, which does reduce your monthly payments and overall interest. Despite their similarities, there is one clear difference between HP and PCP car financing deals.

With a HP agreement, you are paying off the full value of the car each month and so at the end of the agreement, you own the vehicle. However, with a PCP agreement, you are only paying off the depreciation of the car each month, rather than the full value.

So, you are essentially paying the difference between the car’s value when you purchase it and the estimated value of the car at the end of the agreement. In essence, you are renting the car from the dealership for a set number of years. At the end of the contract, you can make a choice between paying a lump sum to keep the car, trading in the vehicle for a newer model or returning the car entirely to the dealer.

No deposit car finance

So, now we’ve covered the two most popular forms of car financing, it’s time to take a closer look at how you can secure a car finance deal without having to fork out the initial deposit. It sounds too good to be true, right? Driving away in your dream car without having to pay a penny upfront. But it is in fact a reality.

Due to the huge competition out there when it comes to car financing options, from car dealerships to independent companies, there are a number of deals now available to allow companies to stand out from the crowd.

Typically, the best no deposit car finance deals are found from third party companies. This includes car finance price comparison websites such as Confused.com, which compare the best deals from across the market.

Alternatively, car finance brokers such as My Car Credit will offer you a broader panel of lenders who cover all credit profiles, from excellent through to bad.

No deposit car finance is available from most of My Car Credit’s lender panel. This means if you find a car worth £7500, a lender from My Car Credit would pay for the vehicle from the dealership and offer you a repayment plan over your chosen term, leaving you with nothing to pay upfront.

Secure the best deal

If you’re looking for a new car and want to know your budget or perhaps you’ve found your dream vehicle and are wanting to get driving as soon as possible, the no deposit car financing deals from My Car Credit can get you on the road in no time. We have a number of options available to suit you, no matter your circumstances.

Get a car finance quote today using our quick and easy calculator. You can then apply online and get an instant, online decision on car finance. If you need any help, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team to see how we can help you drive away in your new car.

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

How to Refinance a PCP Balloon Payment

car bought on pcp finance with balloons in back

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected all of our lives. For many of us, finances are tighter, and we must watch the pennies, now more than ever. As a motorist, you may be coming to the end of a PCP deal and cannot afford to buy a new car in the current climate. You also don’t want to lose out on a car you’ve been waiting years to finally purchase outright. Perhaps you have also grown attached to the vehicle and don’t want to hand the keys over at the end of the PCP agreement.

If this is the case, consider your PCP finance balloon payment. My Car Credit can help you with refinancing your balloon payment, leaving you free to keep driving your car with a new agreement in place.

 What is a PCP?

A PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) is a very common way of purchasing a new or nearly new car. Unlike a traditional personal loan or HP (Hire Purchase) agreement, you won’t be paying off the full value of the vehicle, and you won’t own the car at the end of the finance agreement – unless you choose to.

At the end of the term, you can either pay a final lump sum balloon payment to keep the car, hand the car back and walk away, or get a new car with a brand new agreement.

What is a PCP balloon payment?

A PCP finance balloon payment is the final lump sum needed to take ownership of a car at the end of an agreement. Most car finance paperwork refers to this as the optional final payment. When you first take out the loan, the vehicle costs are split across an initial deposit, a series of monthly payments and then this optional final payment if you choose to buy the car.

The balloon payment is fixed at the beginning of the contract, so you should be aware of the cost of buying the vehicle before you get to the end of the deal. The balloon payment is an estimate of the vehicle’s value at the end of the finance agreement, and it offers protection against an unexpected decline in your car’s value. It is also known as your car’s guaranteed minimum future value.

Should you refinance a balloon payment?

The current COVID-19 pandemic may have influenced your decision on whether to keep or buy your vehicle. Perhaps you’re a key worker and need a vehicle to rely on every day. Or maybe you’ve lost work and are looking for smart ways to save more money.

It is worth bearing in mind that due to the current difficulties in changing vehicles, some lenders are offering an extension to your current agreement.

However, if you want to keep the car, you would need to make the balloon payment. This is possible by paying the lender in cash or by refinancing the payment, which usually takes the form of a Hire Purchase agreement and will leave you as the car’s owner at the end.

Before making a final decision on whether to hand your car back or refinance the balloon payment, it’s important to consider your car’s current value with how much you’d have to pay – or refinance – to keep it. A good rule of thumb is if the car is worth less than the balloon payment, you may want to give it back and purchase a similar used model for less.

However, if the vehicle is worth more than the balloon payment listed on your agreement, you are better off paying – or financing – this amount to own the car for less than what a similar model would have cost you.

How do I refinance a PCP balloon payment?

If you want to keep the vehicle but cannot afford to pay the full optional final payment in cash, talk to My Car Credit about balloon refinancing. We have a number of lenders on our panel who offer balloon finance, so long as it is the right option for your circumstances.

Balloon payment finance is a Hire Purchase agreement. You can finance cars up to 10 years old or 100,000 miles at the start of the contract. Keep in mind that this will mean that you won’t own the car outright until you’ve made the final payment. However, if you refinance, you can settle your agreement at any point during the agreement.

There’s no doubt, this is an accessible and affordable way to spread the cost of car ownership. Best of all, at the end of the term, often between 24 and 60 months, the car becomes yours!

Another option for refinancing is opting for a bank loan. If you have a good credit score, you may be able to take advantage of low-interest rates. However, be aware that a personal loan does not have the same consumer protection rights as a hire purchase agreement. You may find you’re able to get a better deal with car finance, so it’s worth getting Hire Purchase quotes, too. My Car Credit offers rates from as low as 6.9% APR and will give you an instant online decision along with your expected rate of interest.

Get started today

Have you been thinking about purchasing your car at the end of your PCP agreement for a while? If you’ve been waiting years to finally own the car, don’t miss out! You don’t have to wait until the end of your PCP agreement before talking to your lender about refinancing. You may even be able to reduce your monthly payments by refinancing early.

• Start by applying for finance. Our dedicated car credit advisors will work with you according to your chosen financial plan and goals. We’re always on hand to help and are happy to guide you through the process.

• Calculate your budget. Get an idea of how much you can afford to spend.

• Let the team at My Car Credit handle the rest. We can help you land the right refinancing option that suits your needs and budget.

Find a financial plan to suit you

At My Car Credit, we understand that it’s a troubling time for everyone. That’s why our dedicated agents work to secure the right plan to suit your needs, vehicle and budget. To get expert advice and guidance, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

What to Do If You Can’t Pay Car Finance Because of COVID-19

calculator being used to work out how to pay car finance

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption in everyone’s lives across the UK. From the way we work to weekly supermarket shopping, COVID-19 has impacted all of us. While it continues to cause all sorts of stress around health, financial wellbeing is an escalating issue for many. If you’re worried that you can’t pay car finance or make your monthly repayments because of COVID-19, read on to find out what your options are.

Over two million car finance agreement were transacted in 2019 alone, meaning a lot of people will be worried about how they will make their payments in the months to come.

If you’ve bought a car on finance and can no longer afford it because you’ve been laid off, furloughed, or have seen a significant drop in your income, here is what you should know about your options to secure more affordable car payments.

Review your paperwork

Look over the paperwork that you signed when taking out your car finance plan. Read through the wording and check if there are any notes about relief and special circumstances. Understanding your contract will help when you contact the lender. Double-check the documentation on consumer rights. For more information about your contract, take a look at our Adequate Explanation videos.

Contact your lender

Once you have reviewed your paperwork, the next step is to contact your financial provider directly. We can also provide you with the contact details for most of My Car Credit’s panel of lenders.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires all lenders to work with their customers to come to a fair and appropriate financial arrangement. If an individual or household income has been affected directly by COVID-19, lenders are offering payment holidays of up to three months which should allow you to keep the car moving forward.

Handing your car back

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lenders should, wherever possible, consider offering a solution that will enable you to keep your vehicle (if that is your wish), ensuring you can afford any monthly payments and allowing you to retain contractual rights such as voluntary termination.

If your car is financed by a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase, you are allowed to hand it back to the finance company if you have already paid off 50% or more of the total amount payable, including any interest and fees. Note that if you cancel the contract, you will not get any extra money back. If you have yet to pay off 50% of the total amount payable, you will have to make up the difference.

As per your agreement with the lender, charges may apply for damage to the car over and above reasonable wear and tear. You may also incur a fee for ending the agreement early.

In many cases, you will be able to keep your vehicle. Even if you’re coming to the end of your PCP agreement, you can refinance the balloon payment instead of paying a large lump sum of cash to keep the vehicle. This is something that My Car Credit can help you with so get in touch if you think balloon refinancing is the right option for you.

Expert financial advice and support

My Car Credit can help you throughout this troubling time. We make the car finance process simple and hassle-free. Our agents are experts in the industry and stay updated on the latest offerings and relief available throughout the pandemic. For more information, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are concerned about the financial impacts of COVID-19 or are experiencing financial difficulties, the following not-for-profit organisations also provide free, confidential and impartial debt advice and support:

Citizens Advice – www.adviceguide.org.uk

National Debtline – www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Representative APR 8.9%

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  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

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  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
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  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

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  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

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  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
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No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

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